Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes physical books bought, digital books downloaded, and those titles received for review.

Review Titles

Just a pair of review titles this week, but I'm excited about them both!

Demon of Want is by Freja Ki Gray, a newly published trans author who I had the pleasure of meeting this week:

Izumi Yamakawa, a directionless twenty-something, is a part-time employee of the Oh Joy Toy Store. When she witnesses her manager die in a horrific merchandising accident, she discovers that he was a member of a Japanese demon hunting organization and had been eyeing her for recruitment due to her family lineage. Now Izumi, along with her trans girlfriend Maria, and a boisterous sword-for-hire, Rhea, get caught up investigating the various monsters and demons running the Oh Joy Toy company. Demon of Want is an eclectic blend of tongue in cheek urban fantasy, over the top violence, and gratuitous sex.

Sexy woman silhouette against US Military Counterintelligence badge
Kat in Harm's Way by Hugh Allen Russel is something I've been looking for, a female-fronted spy thiller!

It was a day of firsts for Kat, her first mission, her first command, and the first time someone tried to kill her. It was a test and she passed merely because she survived. There would be more tests, more missions, each one more dangerous than the last, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Though Kat didn’t know it, she was a lab rat being groomed to join a special unit in US Military Counterintelligence. Her first mission would send her on a collision course with an organization threatening America’s National Security. This harrowing, fast paced adventure, follows Kat Fernando from the military strongholds of the U.S., to the battle fields of the Middle East, Europe, and Russia. Kat in Harm’s Way is the first installment of the four-book Kat Fernando series, introducing us to a journey of discovery, tragedy, and elation, as the young Californian struggles against her country’s enemies, all the while being tormented by the very man most entrusted to empower her success – her boss.

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

No new purchases this week. Okay, so that's a lie, there were plenty of purchases this week, but it'll be a week or two before they arrive in the mail. :)

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

I took advantage of the Smashwords End of Year Sale to do some stacking of the digital shelves and uncovered more than a few hidden gems...

I grabbed all 3 books of the Annalea series by Stephen James Shore, which is not just about pirates (okay, so there are quite a few pirates in the book), but provides intimate familiarity with strong characters and a sense of sharing in their lives and adventures.

Another collection I stumbled upon was the first 3 books of The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker, a high fantasy adventure series that pits an enforcer and her assassin against wizards, master schemers, and bloodthirsty monsters.

Also by Lindsay Buroker was Encrypted, first of the Forgotten Ages saga, in which Professor Tikaya Komitopis earns wartime notoriety with her cryptography skills, resulting in her being kidnapped and held captive about the enemy's fastest steamship.

Mr Tok, first of The Inexplicable Adventures of Miss Alice Lovelady, by Sadie Swift was next to catch my eye, a Victorian steampunk mystery featuring Sir Percival and Miss Alice Lovelady.

Tales of the Huntsman by M Palmeri was another to catch my eye, an explicit BDSM fairy tale featuring erotic retellings of Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and other Brothers Grimm classics.

Dead Gods Don't Tell Tales, the first collection of The Godkiller Chronicles, by Peter Pokher & Lisa Lewd sounds like a lot of erotic epic fantasy fun, starring Jorn Godkiller and Celia, a Sister of Devotion.

It was the cover of the 4 Sisterhood book by M.J. Carey that caught my eye first, but I was able to collect the first 5 stories about a shadow organization of dominant women who work together to control seemingly powerful men in business and government.

The Fear Of Goddess by Joe Brewster is the erotic tale of a young man rescued from homelessness by a big, tough, dominant, feminist who schools him in how to properly treat women.

And, finally, it was A Very Dominant Woman & The Reluctant Housemaid by Lady Alexa that started me on this digital journey, with a pair of generous coupons for her tales of assertive women who love to dominate and feminize men.


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